East Devon golfer nets third place at Asbri Golf Cornish Festival.

PUBLISHED: 15:02 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 24 April 2017

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East Devon’s former Europro Tour winner Kevin Harper closed with four-under-par 68 at Trevose to claim third place in the Asbri Golf Cornish Festival.

He started with a one-under 71 at Carlyon Bay and followed with a fine three-under 66 at St Enodoc to move up the leaderboard. His return of 205 was matched by his former Devon county colleague James Ruth who shot 66 at Trevose. They each won £1,250.

Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) finished 12th, winning £450, after looking set for a higher finish after rounds of 71 at Trevose and 69 at Carlyon Bay. But he hit misfortune at St Enodoc with a final three-over-par 72 on the toughest of the three courses.

Former Ryder Cup star Peter Baker (South Staffs) achieved a wire-to-wire victory to clinch his second Cornish Festival title on 198, two better than European Tour player Bath’s Laurie Canter (Cumberwell Park).

Robert Moss, the new regional secretary, supervised his first Asbri Golf Cornish Festival. He said: “It was a fantastic week and all three courses were in magnificent condition. Everyone had a great time in the sunshine, the golf reached its usual high standards and our sponsors were delighted. This was the perfect start to what we believe will be a great season in the West”.

PGA West – Asbri Golf Cornish Festival (at Trevose, Carlyon Bay, St Enodoc). Leading final scores: 198 Peter Baker (South Staffs) 66 67 65 £2,500, 200 Laurie Canter (Cumberwell Park) 68 67 65 £1,900, 205 Kevin Harper (East Devon) 71 66 68 £1,250, James Ruth (China Fleet) 73 66 66 1,250, 206 Jon Bevan (Sherborne) 72 67 67 £900, 207 Paul Broadhurst (Northants County) 69 68 70 £800, 208 Steve Parry (Hart Common) 72 70 66 £720, 209 John Bickerton (Minehead) 73 70 66 £650, 210 Richard O’Hanlon (St Kew) 70 70 70, Chris Gane (Left Handed Golf at Silvermere) 71 72 67, Scott Drummond (Plymouth) 72 70 68 210, all £550, 212 Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) 71 69 72 £450, 213 George Ryall (Burnham & Berrow) 69 72 72, Ross Langdon (Brickhampton Court) 70 71 72, Louis Boston (Stockwood Vale) 73 75 65, Craig Shave (Whetstone) 74 66 73, Ashley Mansell (Clevedon) 72 73 68, Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge) 73 69 71, £298 each.

Team: 262 (-45) Laurie Canter (Cumberwell Park) 82 91 89, 256 John Bickerton (Minehead) 86 81 89, 254 Paul Broadhurst (Northants County) 87 79 88, 253 Jack Heginbotham (Wells) 87 85 81, 253 Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay) 82 87 84, Maria Tulley (Eastbourne).

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